Rosslyn

A frequent foil to trumpet/flugelhorn poet Kenny Wheeler and the musical prime mover in the erstwhile Peter Erskine Trio, veteran English pianist John Taylor rarely takes the spotlight under his own n

A frequent foil to trumpet/flugelhorn poet Kenny Wheeler and the musical prime mover in the erstwhile Peter Erskine Trio, veteran English pianist John Taylor rarely takes the spotlight under his own name. Rosslyn, his ECM debut as a leader, points out why this is such a shame; the album features some of the most atmospheric and subtly probing piano-trio jazz in years. The rich, scene-setting opener, "The Bowl Song," and the incantatory title track are standouts, as is the soulful Wheeler gem "Ma Bel." Throughout, Taylor's avant-garde and classical touches are tempered by a humane care for melody, and his world-class partners—bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joey Baron—stimulate the pianist and the listener at every turn. This is a class act.—BB